Canucks At Stars Preview: Stronger Than All

Dallas will be fighting for their playoff lives in this one, as the Canucks wrap up their road trip.

CANUCKS

STARS

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AT

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TIME:

Thurs. 5:30 PM PST

TV

Sportsnet Pacific

SEASON SERIES:

1-1

LAST MEETING

4-3 Canucks Feb. 21 /13

THE ENEMY

Defending Big D

SCORING LEADERS

H. Sedin: 11-31-42

Benn: 10-19-29

Derek Roy returns to Dallas to play against his very recent former team. Wouldn't it be sweet if he sticks it to them? Especially considering the Stars are in a tough spot in regards to making the playoffs because:

Well, the Stars' odds just got a bit worse. The Blue Jackets just beat the Ducks in overtime and in the process: knocked the Red Wings into 9th (WOOO!) spot AND went up four points on Dallas. So Dallas really has to beat the Canucks in this one or their playoff hopes become very slim. So expect a desperate effort from Dallas, who has been playing good hockey since they unloaded guys like Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy at the trade deadline. Funny how that happens, hey Calgary? The Flames beat the Wings tonight.

The Ducks' OT loss gives them 1 point and puts them 5 points ahead of the Canucks. So, the Canucks will now more than likely finish 3rd in the West.

Expect more rough and tough hockey in this one. Maybe even more feistiness than the Canucks-Blues game. These guys could face eachother in the first round of the playoffs as well, but not likely the Stars finish any higher than 7th.

By the way, the Canucks are 2-1-1 this season when playing their final game of at least a 3-game road trip.

CANUCKS
CATEGORY
STARS
24-12-7 SEASON RECORD 21-18-3
55 POINTS 45
3rd CONFERENCE POSITION 10th
Lost 1
STREAK Lost 1
6-3-1 LAST 10 6-4-0
11-7-4 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 10-9-2
2.65 (14) GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE 2.76 (10)
2.28 (4) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.98 (24)
1.17 (6) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 1.01 (14)
15.0 (24) POWER PLAY % 17.2 (17)
84.2 (9) PENALTY KILL % 81.6 (15)
47.3 (27) FACEOFF WINS % 47.6 (25)
459 (17) ROAD HITS / HOME HITS
586 (8)
508 (27) BLOCKED SHOTS 581 (20)
172 (24) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 172 (25)
NHL.COM

PROJECTED ROSTERS

Schneider

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Roy - Kesler - Hansen

Raymond - Ebbett - Kassian

Weise - Lapierre - Sestito

Edler - Joslin

Hamhuis - Garrison

Ballard - Alberts

FOR THE STARS:

Lehtonen

Whitney - Benn - Eriksson

Smith - Eakin - Garbutt

Nystrom - Fiddler - Cole

Fraser - Wandell - Roussel

God - Robidas

Dillon - Goligoski

Benn - Larsen

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 9-3 in their last 12 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 11-4 in their last 15 overall.
  • Canucks are 35-16 in their last 51 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • Canucks are 36-17 in their last 53 Thursday games.
  • Canucks are 51-25 in their last 76 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
  • Stars are 6-0 in their last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 overall.
  • Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Stars are 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
  • Stars are 3-8 in their last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Stars are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games.
  • Thank you, Covers.com.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Only patrik e scored a point last game for picking Big Mac Andy McDonald to score the winner. Well numbskulled, Patrik! The updated leaderboard can be seen here.

VIDEO

Highlights from the last time these teams played (you gotta watch this. So much cool shit happened in this game):

The Mother Of All Elbows:

This game preview post has been brought to you by Clonazepam and Pantera:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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